Digital, energy, and health: this week's Brussels agenda in a nutshell



As the end of the year approaches, the agenda of the European institutions thickens. On health, the Council in the EPSCO configuration will deal with cancer screening, vaccination and the legislative proposal on European Health Data Space, which is in progress. Important conference in Brussels on semantic interoperability organised by the Digital Europe Programme. Finally, in the background the Eurogroup meeting that will derive important issues such as the evaluation of the member states’ draft budgets and the election of the new presidency. Eyes will also be on the joint hearing with Commissioner McGuinness of the ECON and ENVI Commissions.

DIGITAL

Tuesday, 6 December 2022. In Brussels, the SEMIC conference, the annual semantic interoperability event organised by the European Commission’s Digital Europe Programme in cooperation with the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU, will take place. It will be an opportunity for speakers and participants from public administrations to discuss their digitisation strategy and the role that data and semantic interoperability play in the digital transformation of public services.

Thursday 8 December 2022. At the European Council’s Research Working Group, the focus will be on the Commission’s presentation on the status of the association with Horizon Europe. In addition, the Presidency texts on the proposal for a Council Regulation establishing Joint Undertakings (JUs) within Horizon Europe, regarding the Chips Joint Undertaking, will be examined.

HEALTH

Friday 9 December 2022. The Council will meet in the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) configuration focusing on Health. The fight against cancer and immunisation will be the focus of the Council’s health session. Ministers intend to revise the 2003 Council proposal on cancer screening and endorse conclusions on vaccination as one of the most effective methods of disease prevention. The acquisition of Covid-19 vaccines will be the focus of the ministers’ policy discussion.
The Presidency will also present the state of play on two ongoing legislative dossiers: a proposal for a regulation on European Health Data Spaces and a draft regulation on quality and safety criteria for human-derived medicinal products intended for human application.

ENERGY

Monday 5 December 2022. The ENVI Committee will discuss the report on the ongoing inter-institutional negotiations concerning the amendment of Regulation (EU) 2021/241 as regards the inclusion of chapters dedicated to the REPowerEU plan in the RRF as well as the amendment of Directive 2003/87/EC and Decision (EU) 2015/1814 on greenhouse gas emission allowance trading. Rapporteur is Peter Liese (EPP) from Germany.

Monday, 5 December 2022. Intensive work also in the ITRE Committee where an exchange of views will be held with Cristina Lobillo Borrero, Director of the Energy Platform Task Force, on the status of the Energy Charter Treaty and the way forward.

OTHER APPOINTMENTS

Monday, 5 December 2022. On the agenda of the Eurogroup meeting are: the assessment of the draft budgets of the eurozone Member States and the eurozone budgetary conditions and prospects, presentation by the Commission of the eurozone guidelines for 2023, Commission communication on the reform of the EU economic governance framework – Draft work plan on eurozone issues, reports on post-programme surveillance: Cyprus, Ireland, Portugal and Spain, Report on post-programme surveillance and emergency debt measures in Greece, Election of the President of the Eurogroup and finally the Eurogroup Work Programme H1/2023.

Monday 5 December 2022. Parliament’s ECON and ENVI Committees will hold a joint hearing with Commissioner McGuinness. The Commissioner will provide an update on the latest developments in the implementation of the Taxonomy. This will be an opportunity for members to address the current status of the remaining technical screening criteria under the Taxonomy Regulation, as well as the work of the Platform on Sustainable Finance.